Florida Lecture Series
begins 2002-2003 season
LAKELAND, Fla. (August
23, 2002) - Florida Southern College's Center for Florida History
presents its 2002-2003 Florida Lecture Series with six guest speakers
beginning Sept. 12 and concluding March 27. The lectures will take
place at 7 p.m. in the Hollis Room on the FSC campus. The schedule
of events is listed below. All lectures are free and open to the
"Once again, we are extremely pleased to bring, with the financial
support of the FSC Alumni Association, the Florida Lecture Series
to our students, faculty, and friends in Lakeland and the greater
Tampa Bay area. This year's series promises to be one of our finest,"
noted James M. Denham, Director of the Center for Florida History
and FSC history professor.
Sept. 12: "A Conversation with former Gov. Bob Martinez."
Bob Martinez, currently a consultant with the Carlton Fields law
firm in Tampa, served as Florida's governor from 1987 to 1991. Born
and reared in the Hispanic neighborhood of West Tampa, he was the
first governor in Florida of Hispanic decent.
Oct. 24: Dr. Edward E. Baptist, a professor of history at
the University of Miami, holds a discussion and book signing on
his recently published work, "Creating an Old South: Middle Florida's
Plantation Frontier before the Civil War."
Nov. 14: Rick Dantzler, a former State Representative and
State Senator, gives a talk and book signing on his book, "Under
the Panther Moon," a collection of fictional stories about life
in Florida. Dantzler is currently an attorney with the law firm
of Frost, Tamayo, Sessums and Aranda.
Jan. 30: Dr. Frank Schubert, a historian for the Department
of Defense since 1977, will discuss "Seeking David Fagen: the Search
for a Black Rebel's Florida Roots." Schubert is currently chief
of the Joint Operational History Branch in the Joint History Office,
Office of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Feb. 20: Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren, County Court Judge, 17th
Judicial Circuit of Florida in Fort Lauderdale, will discuss "Florida
a Bellwether for the Nation? Mental Health, Therapeutic Jurisprudence,
and America's First Mental Health Court." Lerner-Wren presided over
the nation's first Mental Health Court, dedicated to the safe diversion,
decriminalization, and treatment of mentally ill persons in the
March 27: Dr. Vernon Burton, a professor of history and sociology
at the University of Illinois, Urbana, discusses "The South as Other:
the Southerner as Stranger." Born in Royston, Ga., Burton is one
of America's premier historians and sociologists. He is president
of the Agricultural History Society and has won numerous teaching
About the Florida Lecture Series
The Florida Lecture Series, produced by the Center for Florida History,
brings speakers to the Lakeland campus who approach the issue of
"Florida Life and Culture" from a wide range of disciplines, including
history, public affairs, law, sociology, criminology, anthropology,
literature, music and art. Its overall objective is to create an
opportunity for members of the community, faculty, and student body
to listen to, interact with and learn from leading scholars and
specialists of the state's history and culture.
About Florida Southern College
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.